Dandelion Coffee: A Brief Introduction
Most people view dandelions as a complete menace trying to invade their lawns. This weed is actually a wildflower that contains powerful natural compounds that can be used to boost overall health. It can also be used to treat and prevent several health conditions and illnesses. The best way to obtain these benefits is to consume dandelion coffee. Dandelion coffee is another name for Dandelion Root Tea. This is an herbal tea that is made with the dandelion roots. Dandelion Coffee got its name from the dark appearance and a taste that resembles coffee. Since Dandelion Coffee doesn’t contain caffeine and it has a similar flavor profile, many people use it as a healthy alternative to regular coffee.
If you would like to see a more detailed account of this amazing tea, you should visit my Ultimate Guide for Dandelion Tea.
Dandelion Coffee: A Complete Guide
During the spring or summer, you can probably look outside and see some dandelions in person. For those of you that have somehow avoided coming into contact with these abundant wildflowers, I am including a brief overview of their appearance.
One of the distinctive features of the dandelion plants is their bright flowers. The flower heads are bright yellow or orange, and can be seen from long distances. The bright colors help attract bugs to cross-pollinate these wildflowers. The flower heads are commonly open during the day, but they are closed at night. They are usually 1-2 inches in diameter. Another primary feature of dandelions is their long jagged leaves, which is how the plant got its name. The flower heads mature into white round seed heads that are called blowballs. I have included a picture of a dandelion seed head below.
As stated above, the coffee is made from the roots of the dandelion plant. Dandelion roots are extremely long and strong, and they make the plant difficult to pull from he ground. Sometimes the roots can be larger than the rest of the plant. You can see the a picture of dandelion roots below.
History of Name
Dandelion Coffee is another name for Dandelion Root Tea. It is an herbal tea made with the nutrient-rich roots of the dandelion plant. The reason the tea is called Dandelion Coffee is due to several factors. First, dandelion roots that have been cleaned, sliced, and roasted look similar to coffee beans. The completed tea also resembles coffee and is extremely dark in color. It is one of the darkest herbal teas that I have ever consumed. Dandelion Coffee also has a similar flavor profile to coffee; they are both bitter and taste better with an added sweetener.
The name dandelion is derived from the French name for the plant, dent de lion. This name means “lion’s tooth,” which is a reference to the appearance of the leaves.
Dandelion Coffee Benefits & Uses
I have created a summary of the benefits and uses of dandelion coffee below. One of the most exciting areas being studied is the ability of Dandelion Root Extract to fight cancer. Recent in vitro studies have documented significant cancer fighting effects. If you would like more information, please visit my Dandelion Tea Ultimate Guide. It contains a detailed analysis and description of each benefit.
Dandelion Coffee Recipe
This is a simple recipe for Dandelion Coffee. This coffee can be used as a caffeine-free alternative to regular coffee, and it is much healthier than regular decaf coffee.
Ingredients for 2 Servings
3 Tablespoon of Dandelion Roots (see my review of the best Dandelion Root Brands)
4 Cups of Filtered Water
Honey or Alternate Sweetener (to taste)
Step 1: Place the 4 Cups of filtered water into a pot and bring it to a boil.
Step 2: Add 3 Tablespoons of Dandelion Roots and reduce heat to allow the roots to steep/simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Step 3: Pour the tea through a strainer to remove any debris and pour into your desired tea cup(s). Add your honey or desired sweetener to taste.
Step 4: Slowly stir while you allow the tea to cool for 2-3 minutes. Your Dandelion Coffee is now ready to consume, enjoy!
Dandelion Coffee: Summary
Dandelion coffee is actually an herbal tea made with the roots from the dandelion plant. The roots make an extremely dark and bitter coffee that looks and tastes like regular coffee. Dandelion coffee is caffeine free and has several health benefits and positive uses.
I highly suggest reading my Ultimate Guide for Dandelion Tea. It is an extremely detailed analysis of this amazing tea!
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